RE: NANFA-L-- Last Night's Nova

Hoover, Jan J ERDC-EL-MS (Jan.J.Hoover at
Wed, 26 Oct 2005 11:10:48 -0500

>>>JLB Smith...published a nifty book about the
whole adventure back in 1956. I recently lost an ebay auction in which I
tried to get it, but from what I understand, the thing reads almost like
an Indiana Jones movie, but one written by Jones himself.<<<

That book is easy to find and is usually inexpensive. Last copy I bought was
$15 sans dustjacket. Original British edition is called "Old Four Legs," but
American version is titled "Search Beneath the Sea." The latter may show up
at local library sales.

I really liked Keith Thomson's 1991 book - "Living Fossil - The Story of the
Coelacanth." Its more objective, more complete, and provides some
interesting insights into the motives and operations of the good Dr. Smith.
It's a great recounting of the story and a great summary of the science
behind the story. Nicely illustrated with line drawings and photographs.
Thomson is an ichthyologist and is very good at putting coelacanth-specific
information into a broader fish-context.

My wife recently gave me a 2000 book on the coelacanth she found in Edward R.
Hamilton: "A Fish Caught in Time - The Seartch for the Coelacanth." Have not
had time yet to read it. Looks good. Also well illustrated.

- Jan Hoover
Vicksburg, MS
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